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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Spanish Court Found Piracy Harmless

Spanish Court Found Piracy Harmless

Spanish Court Found Piracy Harmless

Added: Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A Spanish judge handed down an interesting ruling in a case involving sale of pirated copies: the defendant doesn’t have to pay damages to the right holder,because it is impossible to determine the extent of the damage to sales. The judge also suggested that piracy may increase sales.

Anyone who believes that piracy only harms or only benefits the authors is wrong. Digital piracy has different effect in each case, which is stipulated not only by different areas of the media industry – gaming, music, reading, or movie – but it also depends on a level of popularity and target audience. Indeed, there are a lot of cases in which digital piracy has had a positive effect on sales, as studies have revealed that the “pirates” turned out to be the best customers in the music industry. The spokesperson for EMI record label confirmed that there’s evidence that file-sharing may be useful rather than harmful. He also admitted that maybe the industry shouldn’t oppose file-sharing all the time.

Although his assumptions are a rare event for large bumps in the music industry, he wasn’t the only person speaking this way. In recent months, several people in the anime and publishing industries came to similar conclusions. This idea didn’t go unnoticed among lawyers either – the above mentioned judge from Spain pointed out in his ruling that the damage couldn’t be defined because it was unclear how many people would have been willing to purchase the product at the initial price. He said that people were likely to buy a cheap pirated copy than the original for $20-30.

According to the judge, instead of harming to the copyright holders, piracy can help sales. He said it’s possible that the potential buyer only wants to try the content before purchasing it legally. Thus, file-sharing may help legal publications. “I declare that in this case there was no harm done for which compensation would be possible,"- concluded the judge in his decision.

Despite the fact that similar conclusions had been reached in many studies before, it’s the first case where a judge was speaking in a similar way. In our era with human rights violated in order to protect the interests of a few media companies with a turnover of millions of dollars, people need a more realistic, balanced and independent view of the real consequences of digital piracy.

November 12th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2011-11-12 16:04:14)
gypsywarrior avatarAmen brother.I would've had to slice off my own genitals had i been stupid enough to see "open water" at the cinema.Yet still i went three times to see iron man 2 after trying before buying.It's common sense not to hand over £15 for something that isn't even worth 15pence

posted by (2011-11-12 16:53:01)
kingtiger01 avatarFINALLY, some one with enough Common sense to SEE reality, not a painted picture!

posted by (2011-11-12 18:24:10)
Hydroziod avatarMaybe his point of view came from personal experience of doing exactly what he states (or maybe he caught his son, who kindly explained it to him lol)

posted by (2011-11-12 20:50:14)
BestUnsaid avatarUnfortunately I am spanish. The truth again: I f...ing hate this country, but this ( I read it yesterday In the local newspaper ) brings hope for us all.

posted by (2011-11-13 01:15:23)
Trugger avatarLet's hope this Judge has lots of Judge friends, whom are tired of listening to these greedy bitches.

posted by (2011-11-13 14:03:51)
Nimbus0clous avatarLOL looks like we have one of our own on their side.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-11-13 14:50:12)
kirk1827 avatarHello, thanks for interesting read.

I live in Spain and would like to know if you could post a link to the source of this information.

Again thanks

posted by (2011-11-13 18:48:56)
BestUnsaid avatar-This is the original source ( as you asked for, kirk1827 )
-Esta es la fuente original ( tal como solicitabas, kirkq827 )

posted by (2011-11-13 18:50:08)
BestUnsaid avatarderechoynormas.blogspot.com/2011/10/juzgado-de-lo-penal-venta-de-copias.html

posted by ET lovermen (2011-11-13 21:26:49)
kirk1827 avatarThanks BestUnsaid

posted by (2011-11-14 00:01:52)
crazymichael avatari lived in spain for 5 years and the court should just let people download for free because i wanted a marilyn manson dvd it cost 30euros to buy and a £40 game costs 70 euros so if you bought a game in spain youd have to stay in that weekend because of that rediculous price

posted by (2011-11-14 10:43:28)
zowie avatarGood to hear that someone out there HAS some common sense, and has the guts to say what is right. I admire a man, what tells the truth. The people that go on and on about, piracy and how many Billions of Dollars, lost in sales, just lets people see how shallow and GREEDY these people really are.

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